Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Law School entrance exam, applicable to all the colleges and universities who are participating members of the Common Law Admission Test, for students who want to pursue courses in Law.

The CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is one of the most important entrance exams for Law aspirants in India. This National level entrance examination provides aspiring Lawyers with the opportunity to join the B.A.,LL.B.(Hons.) course, B.Sc.LL.B course, B.B.A. LL.B course, B.S.W. LL.B course and the B.Com. LL.B course offered the by the various participating institutions including the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and 13 other institutions that are situated in different parts of the country. The duration of these courses is 5 academic years and the entrance exam is generally held around the month of May. The exam is conducted across various cities across the country including Bangalore, Bopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patiala, Patna, Raipur and Ranchi.  It is one of the most competitive examinations with approximately 30,000 students appearing for the exam in the year 2013.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for CLAT, you should be an Indian citizen or a Non – Resident Indian (NRI).

You should be less than 20 years of age as on the 1st of July of the year of admission. This upper age limit is relaxed up to 22 years for SC/ST candidates.

You should have passed your Class 12th exam or its equivalents from a recognized board or university. Candidates who are appearing for their Class 12th exam in the same year as the CLAT are also eligible to appear for the entrance exam provided that they can submit their final mark sheet before the specified date.

Your aggregate percentage in your Class 12th exam or its equivalents should not be less than 45%. For SC/ST candidates, this minimum percentage requirement is 40%.

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How to apply?

You can apply for the CLAT online. The application forms are available on the following website: You can apply online and submit the application fee also online by making the payment through credit/debit card or net banking.

You can also apply for the CLAT offline. To apply offline, you can procure the application forms and the information brochure from any of the designated SBI branches as well as from the campus of all the participating National Law Universities. You can also procure the application forms and the information brochure by sending a ‘requisition letter’ with your Father’s name, Contact Number, Address and PIN code at the specified address.

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What is the pattern of the examination?

The CLAT exam consists of 200 objective type questions in the multiple choice format. Each question is of one mark and has four options out of which only one is correct. Please do not attempt the questions you do not know the answers to as there will be negative marking. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. 

The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
The exam will comprise of questions from the following subjects: English including comprehension (40 marks), General Knowledge and current affairs (50 marks), Elementary mathematics (20 marks), Legal Aptitude (50 marks) and Logical Reasoning (40 marks).

Students will be admitted through the CLAT on the basis of merit. 

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What are the prospects?

Some the main colleges and universities that admit students on the basis of the CLAT exam are:



National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)


National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad


National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)


The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)


National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)


Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)


Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)


Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)


Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)


Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)


National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)


National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)


National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)


National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)


Important Dates for CLAT – 2016:

Application forms available from


Last date of submission of application forms


Download admit cards/hall tickets 

April 2016

Date of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)



May 2016

Indication of University Wise Preference

May 2016

First Seat Allocation List

May 2016

Confirmation of admission by payment of deposit fee

June 2016

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Entrance Exam


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